LBG’s recent research with NPC lifted the lid on impact practice. It found that more and more companies are taking a long hard look at the activities they support and are asking fundamental questions about the value they deliver, not just to society, but to the business too. It also shows that something of a schism has opened up in the way that companies approach their contributions. Where some are content to remain responsive and provide flexible funding others are becoming increasingly more targeted in what they support and goal-oriented in what they want to achieve. You can see the
The inconvenient truth is nobody cares. Not one tittle. Not one jot. Zilcheroony. Nix. Nada. What they don’t care about is the potential effects of climate change. This has been abundantly clear since 2006 when the Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change was released. It made a temporary talking point for the chatterati. It did not enter the bloodstream of debate. I hope Robin Harding’s excellent article in yesterday’s FT* sparks debate. He argues that the economic models being used to measure the effects are knackered. He thinks as a result the World may be knackered too.
Being told not to waste food is something that was ingrained on me at a young age. Possibly permanently marked on my consciousness due to the stress that having to eat my vegetables induced. Even though clearing my plate is no longer a stressful process, it can be difficult to see the immediate connection between me and starving people on the other side of the world. But the issue has changed from when I was a fussy child. Those people in food poverty are no longer just on the other side of the world. They are down the road, in
I’ve often written about American politics and climate change in this blog. It’s a bit of a bugbear of mine. Last week I read the transcript of Obama’s State of the Union address. I am feeling suitably warm of heart just now. He gave us the clearest indication yet that the discussion is over on whether climate change is a man-made phenomenon or not. Here’s how he did it: “Climate Change is fact.” Followed by “when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world…
Julie Andrews once said/sang “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”. She was wrong. Although to be fair to her she wasn’t exactly talking about how to measure the impacts of your community investment. It was something about how singing can help you evade the Nazis or something. I wasn’t really listening. Nevertheless when it comes to putting together a system to understand what impacts are, my advice is ignore Julie Andrews completely, she was dead wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. The very first thing that you need to establish when you’re putting
LBG has partnered with NPC to lift the lid on funders’ attitudes and approaches to impact measurement. Funding Impact is the first piece of research to examine the impact practices of UK funders, based on a survey of 114 funders as well as in-depth surveys. The research delivers some really useful insights and highlights some fascinating challenges which together funders and charities can begin to work on.
I recently met a climate change denier. It was an interesting experience – when you’re surrounded all day by people for whom man-made climate change is just another fact, it’s easy to forget there are people out there who are prepared to aggressively deny its existence. And this guy wasn’t having any of it. Global warming, he told me, was a new religion cooked up by atheist liberals. He wasn’t going to let anything as simple as the facts get in his way either – he majored in science, and knew what he was talking about. “In my experience, 97%
A New Year is upon us: what does this mean for you and your business? The start of a New Year allows everyone to take a step back and reflect on our ambitions for the coming twelve months. In this spirit, we at Corporate Citizenship thought we’d come up with some New Year’s resolutions that sustainability practitioners, and businesses looking to improve their sustainability credentials, could aim towards in 2014. After a quick whip round in our office, these were the results: 1) Two (million) heads are better than one. Companies should resolve to work together and with their customers and
With the growth of corporate sustainability has come an increase in the number of in-house sustainability ‘micro-teams’ consisting of one or two practitioners. They are great news for business – especially when compared with the situation just 10 years ago when only the largest businesses could boast even a single CR manager. These powerhouses often have broad responsibilities and wide experience but are naturally short on resources. Micro-teams excel at the stewardship roles, eg managing carbon, community investment programmes and communications. Stewardship can be a great force for good but many micro-teams, conscious of their potential for greater change, feel
Cyndi Lauper tells us that Girls just wanna have fun. That can’t be said of Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues on the US Supreme Court! They passed over a real chance to have judicial fun earlier this month. Here’s what happened. Internet retail giant Amazon and its smaller competitor Overstock.com challenged a 2008 New York State law. The law requires on-line companies to collect New York state sales taxes on purchases by New York State residents. (By the way Overstock is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Utah (what?)). The New York Court of